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Resource – Feeding Sustainable Cities

Posted in Models, Movements by fedwards on July 20th, 2007

Urban agriculture is a key aspect to creating and feeding sustainable cities. Urban agriculture has many benefits – local food that doesn’t require transportation, green urban zones reduce atmospheric pollution, the integration of key systems, the re-use of waste materials, the ability to provide food for one’s self, and more. In addition, urban agriculture also plays a very important role in maintaining health and livelihoods in the developing world while offering the developed world to reinvent themselves into a more sustainable form.

Key sites that provide urban agriculture models, research, projects and connections are listed below:

Resource Centres for Urban Agriculture and Food Security
http://www.ruaf.org

International Development Research Centre
http://www.idrc.ca


RUAF Foundation

One Response to “Resource – Feeding Sustainable Cities”

  1. Roxanne Christensen Says:

    July 22nd, 2007 at 11:09 am

    A key task for creating sustainable cities is to incorporate agricutlure into the built environment in an economically viable manner. A new sub-acre farming method called SPIN-Farming provides a tool to accomplish this.

    Developed by Canadian farmer Wally Satzewich, SPIN is starting to be praacticed in Canada, the U.S., UK and Australia. It requires minimal infrastructure and provides a system for generating significant income from land bases under an acre in size. It turns urbanization to the farmer’s advantage, and removes the two big barriers to entry for first generation farmers – they do not need much land or financial resources to do SPIN. Best of all, they can set up their farm operations right where they live, whether it be urban jungles or suburban car towns.

    By re-casting farming as a small business in a city or town, SPIN is engaged, not escapist, farming. And it is integrating food production into urban and surbuan communities rather than segregating it outside of them. SPIN Farm models can be incorporated into any existing neighborhood, any new school, housing development, shopping mall, university or hospital. The applications are far-reaching, and SPIN can be a particularly powerful component of the susainable cities’ development toolkit.

    There is free background information on SPIN-Farming at http://www.spinfarming.com. If you would like me to contribute more ifnormation about SPIN for the Sustainable Cities Net please contact me.
    Roxanne Christensen
    Co-author
    SPIN-Farming
    http://www.spinfarming.com